Archive for September, 2014

Sunday 7th September – Vale of York Half Marathon

The first running of this fast and flat half was run in ideal conditions this morning. The race starting from Sherburn-in-Elmet Aero club.

The race was won by Jason Cherriman (Leeds City AC) in 1:09:26, First female was Shona Fletcher (Richmond) who was 18th overall in 1:18:42.

First back for Otley was Frank Beresford in 3rd with 1:12:13 followed by Scott Harrington who was 5th in 1:14:02, Mark Hall 8th in 1:15:58 (1st M50 & a club V50 all time record), Tom Potter in 66th with a time of 1:25:51 (PB), John Cowan 449th in 1:50:38, Reid Haddow completing his second race in as many days had a good race to finish 470th 1:52:06, Billy was 483rd in 1:52:39, Charlotte Tomlinson was 531st with 1:54:50, Lisa Maughan 576th in 1:57:49, Laura Hind 644th in 2:02:09, Ann Yeadon 716th in 2:07:07 & Gemma Harrington completed the set in 748th with a time of 2:10:11.

* Update 10th Sept – OTLEY AC WON THE TEAM PRIZE!*

Full results.

(Please notify by commenting if any detail or PB’s are missing etc).


Sunday 7th September – BUPA Great North Run Half Marathon

Tom Midgley was the highest placed OAC runner in 76th  with a time of 1:17:00, followed by Andy Webster 4,047 (1:44:23), Ian Broadbent 4,539 (1:45:46), Toni Midgley 24,843rd (2:22:51), Sean O’Halloran 27,380th (2:27:42) and Rachel Winter 29,996 (2:33:15).

The race was won by Mo Farah in a time of precisely 60mins, this is a new British record to go with his already impressive collection of British records which include, 3000m indoor, 2miles indoor & 5000m outdoor. Mo also holds many European all time records and the English all time fastest Marathon time.

The winner of the female race was Mary Keitany in a course record of 1:05:39, beating Paula Radcliffe’s previous record by one second.

First of the many Otley AC runners, with a PB and his first for the distance in almost five years,  Tom Midgley in 1:17:00, Andrew Webster 1:44:23, Ian Broadbent 1:45:46, Toni Midgley 2:22:51, Sean O’Halloran 2:27:42 & Rachel Winter 2:33:15.

Full results here.


August 25th-31st – European Vets Championships, Izmir, Turkey

Otley AC’s athlete Caroline Marler reports:

These championships were held in very hot conditions but the timetable was split into two sessions to avoid the midday sun. I ran my individual events, the 400m and 800m before it got too hot luckily (8.30 a.m. & 9.20 a.m.)
I was pleased to win both comfortably, retaining the 400m title I won 2 years ago in Zittau, Germany.
The results with first 3 positions were as follows:
400m Women 60-65
1st Caroline Marler (G.B)70.23 – this was my fastest for 2 years
2nd Anna Micheletti (Italy) 73.03
3rd Ulla Karneback 75.04

800m. Women 60-65
1st Caroline Marler 2.48.05 (my best since winning the World Champs. in Brazil last year)
2nd Ingerlise Jensen (Denmark) 2.51.68
3rd Anne Debray (France) 2.54.92

I was also part of the 4x100m & 4 x400m relay squads which won gold medals.


Saturday 6th September – The Ben Nevis Race (6miles/4419ft)

Report from Simon Anderson:

Being led to the starting line by a march of pipers was the first of many memorable moments of The Ben Nevis Race. This was on my ‘bucket list’, and many other people’s besides it would seem, which might explain why entries open in January and fill up in a day. If you know nothing about the race then it’s as simple as this: starting in a sports field at sea level in Fort William, you race to the top of Great Britain, and back down again. Will we still be able to say that next year?
Since being injured back in May/June I haven’t pinned a number on an Otley AC vest. However, when it came to ‘The Ben’ I had to make an exception. There were no ambitions to race this event, in fact I started at the very back of the field, literally standing there as everyone else charged off. Given my condition I took it relatively easy, but unfortunately the injury flared up after around 3,500ft climbing and I had to take my waterproof out and walk the summit plateau.
If the climb was quite mind numbing, the descent had entirely the opposite effect and was all anybody talked about post-race. The scree was like skiing off-piste through a boulder field, sans snow, and Red Burn made my legs buckle, then combust. In fact I’m sure that Red Burn takes its name from the physical symptoms that it induces. The final mile was on a single track lane that resembled a death march, and the trudge around the perimeter of the show ground to the finishing line was sadistic and unedifying.
The race was won by Finlay Wild (Lochaber AC) in 1:34:43 with Robb Jebb 13 seconds behind. Lindsay Brindle (Horwich RMI AC) was triumphant in the women’s race in a time of 1:56:36, and I believe that Wharfedale may have won the team prize. It took me 2:21:49, enough for 221st place (485 finished) Incidentally, my race time was approximately 15% of what I spent travelling in the car over the weekend. So would I make the journey again? Absolutely! Me and this mountain have some unfinished business…


Saturday 6th September – Parkruns

Leeds Parkrun:

Race winner Chris Mann (Hyde Park Harrier) 16:50, first female Hannah Brown (Skyrac AC) 19:06, For Otley Nicola Lee in 95th position with a time of 23:56.

Harrogate Parkrun

Race winner David Driver (Barnsley AC) 17:01, first female Lauren Woodhall (Harrogate H) 20:13, For Otley Lucy Mowat in 172nd position with a time of 29:07.

Sewerby Parkrun

Race winner Danny Brunton (Bridlington RR ) 17:30, first female Sian Morgan Driffield Striders) 20:50, For Otley…(Yes you guessed it)…. Reid Haddow in 92nd position with a time of 40:24.


Wednesday 3rd September – Ilkley Incline

Hon. Handicapper reports:

Having raced little during the summer I was happy with a time a few seconds faster than last year and had a good view of a close race up front where Jack Wood from the host club just held off Emma Clayton for the win.

Full results on Ilkley’s www here.  Otley results:  1st Jack Wood, Ilkley H 7.47,  2nd Emma Clayton, Bingley H. 7:49 & new women’s record,  I was 5th  8:19, 6th Edward Davies 8:26,  20th Rogan Ashton 9:14,  followed by 25th Steve Robinson 9:32 & 68th Antonio Cardinale 15:07.


Sunday 31st August – Wetherby 10k

Tom Midgley lead the Black & Whites home in 17th place in 36:19 (chip time 36:17), Tom Potter was 58th in 41:02 (40:58), Howard Jeffrey 115th in 43:56 (43:47), Phil Robinson 283rd in 49:59 (49:44), Billy Rayner 352nd in 51:59 (50:58),  Toni Midgley 707th in 1:04:44 (1:03:30). There were 863 finishers.

The winner was Andrew Grant (Harrogate Harriers) in 32:50 (32:49) and the first lady in 15th place overall was Pauline Munro (Wetherby Runners) in 35:56 (35:55).



Sunday 31st August – Paras’ 10 race

Richard Clarke reports on the Paras 10 race:

I completed my third Paras’ 10 P-Company Challenge at Catterick Garrison on Sunday and for the third time on a warm and sunny. I appreciated the weather before and after, but not so much during the event.

338 competitors completed the 10-mile course as a ‘simple’ run and 670 of us taking the role of a Tactical Advance for Battle (TAB) carrying 35lb.

It was a particular challenge in the heat, but it’s an enjoyable and well organised event and one I’ll be doing again next year.

All profits generated are donated to the Parachute Regiment Charity which supports serving and retired members of the Parachute Regiment and airborne forces, and assists the wounded and the families of those who are killed in service.

For the second time this year I was within a minute of the target time of 1:50. This time missing out by 39 seconds – so back again next year. The most positive spin I can put on my result is an age-graded position of 53rd out of 670.

They made an announcement at the event encouraging more club runners to join in – and this year they offered a discount on the entry fee.


Sunday 24th August – 2014 Weyer ETU Standard Distance Duathlon European Championships

I have not race reported for a while but that is not because I have been inactive… au contraire!

I competed in the English Sprint Triathlon championships at Eton in July and came sixth in my age group. I also did the British Standard Triathlon Championships, in Liverpool in early August, and came sixth in my age group. Pleased with that result as I had a good race all round and it qualified me for the Euro Champs, in Geneva, next year.

Went to Austria to do the European Duathlon Standard Champs, in Weyer last Sunday. Absolute deluge of rain till about two minutes before our start then pretty good conditions. Managed 42:30ish for the first 10k then my trusty Nike Mayfly shoes (supposedly good for 100K, then throw away) finally fell apart coming into first transition (they owe me nought as I have done thousands of K in them!).

I wanted to bury them with ceremony on an Alpine pasture but Jacque would not let me. She said it was in some way toxic pollution of the environment!

Three times up Mont Blanc (so it seemed) was HARD on the bike and was a real lung and heart tester over 40k. The chain came off on the first grade but I only lost a bit of time but no placing in my age group.

During the downhills on the bike I had time to reflect (despite the terrifying hairpins) on how I was going to do the last 5k run without a right shoe on some pretty sharp gravel paths! I had rubber bands in my bag… not robust enough! I had a spare number belt I could tie round… plausible! Eureka… I was wearing calf compression sleeves so I thought I could just slip it down over my shoe and it would hold it together… guess what… it did! (21:23 for the 5k). I thought it would be destroyed by the friction but when I took it off it was barely even dusty!

Not relying on it for next time as I have a spare pair of Mayflys waiting in the wings ready for call-up. With the lost time I may have made one position higher although I doubt it but… guess what… I came sixth! Second UK counter in my age group also prequalified for next year’s European Standard Duathlon at a place to be decided… so a bit like a mystery tour!